A prayer for those suffering from an eating disorder.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come humbly to You, seeking Your grace. I beg at Your feet with repentance for denying that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in your likeness. I have not treated myself the way You do — with respect and unwavering love.
Lord, show me the source of my self-hatred and let me find healing. Help me to forgive myself and overcome this disease.
Lord, show me compassion and give me strength. Allow me to give myself over to You and bind my depression, self-hatred, anorexia, and suicidal thoughts; they shall no longer have control over me. I acknowledge that I am Your child and will seek Your guiding light toward salvation.
Lord, open my eyes, help me see the truth and deny the lies that have controlled my life. Help me to make the choices that will bring me life and allow Your light to shine. When I feel the compulsion, remind me of Your love for me. Heal my wounded way of thinking.
I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
In Jesus’ name, I pray for strength, grace, and healing. Amen.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are a child of God who is struggling with an eating disorder and searching for help. Many Christians who find themselves gripped by body or food disorders feel like failures, less of Christians, and may feel ashamed. You may feel like you have disgraced Him and have sinned by denying His love. But know, that He only wants you to heal, recover, and find your way in life through His grace. He knows that we are human, we are flawed, and if you are here, you are on the right path to restoring your faith and seeking grace.
At Canopy Cove, we are an inpatient Christian-based eating disorder treatment center for women and girls. We are very accepting of those of other faiths and welcome differing views. But, in today’s post, we will speak of God’s love and how you can find healing strength through The Bible and help you understand that He loves you even when you are struggling to love yourself.
Bible Verses to Help Heal Your Eating Disorder
The beauty of His grace is that it is unmerited and unconditional. The church is not a showcase for the righteous, rather a hospital for sinners. When you need strength, trust in the verses offered by The Bible.
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord will save me. Evening, morning, and at noon, I will pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me.” Psalm 55:16, 18
Remember this when you are struggling. You do not have to save yourself, God will save you. Those who suffer from an eating disorder are not waging a war against food, they are suffering from a power struggle and expressing control by denying themselves the food of life. What may begin as control over eating, quickly begins to control you. You are under the power of your eating disorder. Give yourself over to God, allow Him to take control of your eating and deliver you from the battle that you are waging. Allow His love to nourish your soul and accept the food as sustenance, not as punishment.
“My darling, everything about you is beautiful, and there is nothing at all wrong with you.” Song of Solomon 4:7
You are made, perfectly, by His hand. There are no flaws to starve out of yourself. When you realize what a beautiful, remarkable, wonderfully made person you are, a work of God himself, you will be able to learn to love yourself and find strength through His works. As you work toward healing, remind yourself of this passage often. You are beautiful, remarkable, and wonderful, and worthy of living a healthy life.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
You can overcome your eating disorder. You can find freedom from its powerful grip when you summon the strength of Christ. Call upon Him in times of weakness, and thank Him in times of strength. Trust in Him and believe that you have the strength of God guiding you, watching you, protecting you.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Eating disorders are an illness, not a sin. The importance of confessing the actions that you take and the struggles that you live is important to recognize that you are not perfect, and that is okay. Through this passage, you can better understand that He loves you in all of your flaws and all of your imperfections.
“Where the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Amen! This verse is so powerful for those who are fighting the battle against their eating disorder. Where there are those who give their lives over to the Lord, there is healing and freedom from the darkness that attempts to control them.
In your course of treatment, you will be presented with a number of guides and activities to help you overcome your eating disorder. There is none more powerful than the Good Book.
At Canopy Cove, we let The Bible guide our treatment, along with modern, conventional methods including equine and art therapy to help you discover your value. Contact us for more information or to enroll in one of our treatment programs.